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The Sunday Herald reported (8 January 2017):
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This is not the first time Scotland's environment watchdog has been caught out defending the salmon farming industry instead of the environment.
In 2009, Rob Edwards revealed that SEPA had fast-tracked the use of the toxic chemical Deltamethrin prompting Marine Harvest to offer SEPA officials a reward of "some sides of smoked salmon" (read more via "Company says sorry for offering environment officials free salmon": 10 February 2009).
In 2013, Rob Edwards revealed that SEPA "bowed to pressure from the salmon farming industry to keep the number of fish killed by diseases secret" (read more via "Scottish watchdog labelled ‘lapdog’ after agreeing to keep fish farm deaths secret" and "Public denied info on full scale of salmon deaths" in The Sunday Herald: 20 October 2013).
Here's letters in reply to the Sunday Herald article: